I've got lots of respect for the few hardcore TKD practitioners that I've met, and I think that any style (trained hard enough) has merit.Quote:
Originally Posted by hapkido_keith
As for "t3h r34l kyokushin" (that is really hard to type fast)...all I know is that from what little I've read/heard about KK.
Basically, I've been under the impression that it takes an average of 6+ years to reach shodan in KK (with exceptional COMPETITORS often reaching black before), whereas the same can't be said of ALL TKD schools (yes, I've met instructors that have the same standards, but I think we can all agree on an absence of a general standard).
Kind of like having a black belt in BJJ, or a nice looking fight record; you begin to assume a certain capability inherent within certain credentials. Seeing the black belt on the KK guy made me assume certain capabilities.
As such, when I see a KK black belt get spanked by a TKD black belt, it makes me think several things. The discrepancies in the KK guy's stance/guard also made me wonder.
1. (obvious) The TKD guy was a better athlete, and more accustomed to the particular rules of the tournament. Better athlete won, no contest. Good job!
2. The KK guy was thoroughly taken by surprise with the rules and format, and had to "wing it". Maybe they limited head contact...or penalized certain contact levels. As such, the KK guy was "thrown off his game". Still, the better prepared athlete won. Good job!
I do see your point, though, in that no one questions anything when the TKD guy gets creamed...but people wig out when a full-contact stylist gets smacked.